I Don’t Want To Go To Friday Prayer!

A man wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to listen the Sermon every Friday. 

“I’ve gone for 30 years now,” he wrote, “and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me I can’t remember a single one of them. So I think I’m wasting my time and the Imams they are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all.”

This started a real controversy in the “Letters to the Editor” column, much to the dismay of the editor. It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:

“I’ve been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But for the life of me, I cannot recall what the menu was for a single one of those meals.

But I do know this: they all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me those meals, I would be dead today.”

Contributed by our reader Waleed Shams.


29 Responses to I Don’t Want To Go To Friday Prayer!

  1. ALI AHMED August 9, 2014 at 2:13 PM #

    Senseless talking.

  2. Abdul Awal Miah May 3, 2014 at 8:14 PM #

    Usually, unmindful students do not remember what their teacher said in the class. Certainly, that will not be an argument against wholesomeness of the class.

    Meritorious and mindful students will surely appreciate their teacher for her/his valuable presentations.

    Negligent students do seldom benefit from their classes. Usually, they do not remember what their teacher said in the class.

    Meritorious students do always appreciate their teacher for her/his valuable presentations.

    It is wise to learn to take heed and benefit from our environment.

    Best of luck to all FFJ readers.

    Thank you FFJ team for sharing this nice piece of story.

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  4. mayyada March 26, 2013 at 12:27 PM #

    He is totally right.It is the nourish of the spirit.

  5. Mohammad Ashraf March 21, 2013 at 11:33 AM #

    For Syed A K
    Since I talked about finish line, w do good deeds or pray whole life and at last we do somthing that takes us to the middle of Hell. The Arabic prayer is for the same. (Please forgive me for the incorrect translation as I`m not a translator). It says ” O Allah give me life on Islam (let me live as Muslim) & give death on Eman (& let me die on that belief)”.
    Warm Regards

    • Syed A K March 27, 2013 at 6:29 PM #

      Thanks Mr. Ashraf for the meaning, you have given
      (one more information, only for you. that is, my son’s name is Muhammed, my brother’s name is Ashraf and my brother-in-law’s name is Mohamed Ashraf)

      • Ali - Admin March 30, 2013 at 10:15 AM #

        This is hilarious Syed.

  6. Abu Amr March 20, 2013 at 7:26 PM #

    The speakers will make the different ,not the sermons as such,lets concentrate on the subjects selected by Khateebs,some r really boring as well as repetitive ,of course I got no intention to justify the question what so ever,rather to always leave room 4 differences

  7. Mohammad Ashraf March 20, 2013 at 11:34 AM #

    Bold story gives a good lesson.
    The whole life is a test and the result is at finishing line. If we fail at the finishing line, it is great sorrow & point of no return for us.
    Allahumma Man Ahyaithoo minna fa ahyaee allal Islam wa man towaffaitahoo minna fa twaffahoo allal eman (AAMEEN).

    • Syed A K March 21, 2013 at 3:32 AM #

      please give us the meaning for the Arabic text…Thanks

  8. Abdul March 20, 2013 at 7:41 AM #

    Hi every one

    Who not have brain will talk like this, most of Imam giving Friday Khutba in Arabic, some one understand some one not, but there is lesson and guidelines how to spent your entire life path on Allah with competing current situation of world.

  9. j shehabi March 20, 2013 at 12:39 AM #

    Notwithstanding the controversy raised by some readers about the origin of the story, and not undermining the astounding reply, Muslim sermons cannot be a waste of time as they are meant to address current issues pertaining to our day to day life and cannot therefore be boring or meaningless.

  10. samad March 20, 2013 at 12:11 AM #

    well said!

  11. khaled March 19, 2013 at 10:52 PM #

    it is not important to keep words delivered on ,but the most important to know how to use them well in your real life . We know that the holy Quran and Hadeeth of prophet Mohammed ( peace and prayers upon him ) focused on application more than memorizing but some people does not understand what they listen to !
    so we advise the people to eat fish more and more and avoid such food that can increase stupidity like what happened with that guy.

  12. sharif123 March 19, 2013 at 8:50 PM #


  13. MD A HAKEEM BAIG March 19, 2013 at 7:58 PM #

    I don’t understand why people are criticizing. I felt really good by going through that story, in fact it is true, we ignore things, when we lost them, then we will come to know their true value. If Sara stops sending such posts, I think I will feel bad.

  14. naqhasan March 19, 2013 at 7:41 PM #

    The so called clincher is ridicuous. How can one justify presenting an example of Body Nourishment as against Soul Nourishment.

  15. Abdalla Obeidat March 19, 2013 at 7:05 PM #

    again I am sorry
    this story can’t be a Muslim story!
    we just change few words and the story becomes ours!

  16. Mushtaq March 19, 2013 at 5:01 PM #

    If these sermons doesn’t help somebody then it’s time for self introspection. As during our beloved Prophet’s time, Munafiks use to listen sermons from him but that didn’t help those.

  17. ABDUL MATIN SHAEIKH March 19, 2013 at 3:42 PM #


  18. Sk Ashif Akram March 19, 2013 at 3:05 PM #


  19. Maher March 19, 2013 at 2:41 PM #

    Incredible Answer to silly question!

    • Omar March 20, 2013 at 6:30 AM #


  20. Mateen Salim Ukaiye March 19, 2013 at 12:29 PM #

    Haha.. Sensible answer for insensible question!

  21. abdul March 19, 2013 at 11:53 AM #

    the same post was on facebook yesterday but with the place of worship being gurudwara visited every sunday instead of mosque being visited on friday.
    if there is no authenticity, why place such posts …

    • The_Engineer March 19, 2013 at 5:11 PM #

      Chill man. The guy the is making us smile and at the same time giving us some lesson to learn. If you can do better, go ahead, we will be waiting.
      This site bring smile to my face many a times. ( I know, some times they have really dumb jokes; but then, I guess the person who post is also human)
      Sara, just ignore this guy.

    • The_Engineer March 19, 2013 at 5:13 PM #

      Also, the story may be old for you; but for many of us it is new.
      So, if you do not like it, just keep quite.

      • um Abdullah March 19, 2013 at 9:07 PM #

        good moral, thanks